Antiques and Art Dealers

Antiques Shop Owner and Couple

Antiques and art dealers make a living acquiring, displaying, and selling antiques and art. By strict definition, antiques are often defined as items more than 100 years old. In the last two decades, however, the term "antique" has been applied to furniture, jewelry, clothing, art, household goods, and many other collectibles, dating back to as recently as the 1970s. People collect a wide array of items, from traditional paintings and sculptures to unique period toys and cigar boxes. Many antiques and art dealers are self-employed and go into business after discovering an interest in collecting pieces themselves.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Acquire, display, and sell antiques and art
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
Experience One to two years helpful
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Antique Shop or Art Gallery Owner
  • Antiques/Art Dealer
  • Art Assistant